Légion d’Honneur Medal Presentation

On Sunday 12th March 2017, Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant presented the Légion d’Honneur medal to Mr John Higgins at the Blackwater Mill Residential Home in Newport.  Mr Higgins received the medal in recognition for the part he played in the D day landings.

New Year’s Honours List 2017

THE QUEEN has recognised five people on the Isle of Wight for their hard work and dedication to a range of charities and organisations.

Mrs Gillian Frances BURNETT – receives a BEM for Services to the Community.

Mrs Victoria DUNFORD – receives a BEM for Services to Children with Special Needs in Moldova

Mr Ian David WARD – receives a BEM for Services to Community Transport.

Mr Glyn ELLIS – receives an MBE for Services to Maritime Safety and the Community.

Mrs Alison Linda BEANE – receives an OBE for Services to Education.

The full list of honours for 2017 can be found here.

Remembrance Sunday: The Isle of Wight remembers

THE Isle of Wight fell silent as the dead of both world wars and conflicts across the world since were honoured yesterday (Sunday).
With excellent autumnal weather, attendances at services in the Island’s towns and villages were good as thousands of residents paid their respects to the fallen.

Hundreds honoured those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the cenotaph in St Thomas’s Square, Newport, before a service was held in Newport Minster

There were also large gatherings in Sandown, Shanklin, Ryde, Cowes and Ventnor.  Wreaths and poppy crosses were laid at memorials across the Island by families and organisations, which included the Isle of Wight Council, town and parish councils, the Royal British Legion, ex-services groups, emergency services and cadets.

Article by Isle of Wight County Press 14th November 2016

Field of Remembrance Service 2016

A special ‘field of remembrance’ will once again be opened to the public at Carisbrooke Castle to commemorate those in the uniformed services who lost their lives in service of their country.

The field was introduced in the Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle in 2010.
It was established by the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White, as a place where residents could pay their respects around the time of Remembrance Sunday.
The castle will open its doors for people to visit the field between 10am and 1pm on Thursday, November 10, as well as on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 between 10am and 4pm. It will not be open on Friday, November 11.
Crosses can be purchased at the castle, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.
A formal service of remembrance, which members of the public are welcome to attend, will take place at the castle on Thursday, November 10 at 10.45am.
Following the service, refreshments will be provided by the Isle of Wight Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Earl of Wessex October 2016

THE Earl of Wessex is to open the Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Northwood House, in Cowes, on October 14.

Prince Edward will meet organisers and trustees, who will explain the origins of the festival and the programme of events before being introduced to volunteers and visiting Blackwell’s Book Shop and the Jazz Cafe.

The earl will then visit the Royal Yacht Squadron, also in Cowes, and trustees of the IW Foundation, which he is a patron of.

The royal will then travel to Newport to visit Newport Minster to discover how restoration work is going and then he will stop at Isle of Wight Radio.

There will also be visits to Quarr Abbey and Brading Roman Villa.

Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Maj Gen Martin White, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming The Earl of Wessex back to the Isle of Wight.

“He has a busy day of engagements across the Island, finding out more about the wonderful work which is being undertaken on our Island.”

Lord-Lieutenant Awards 2016

Local achievers have been honoured by the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP has at his annual awards ceremony.

The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP has honoured local achievers at his annual awards ceremony, held last night (Thursday 5 October) at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.

The event saw military, public service and community achievements recognised, as well as the presentation of a British Empire Medal.

The evening was an opportunity to highlight the success of Island residents who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to their work, making a valuable difference within the community.

The following awards were presented:

  • British Empire Medal – Mrs Sarah Burdett BEM
  • Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion – Mrs Claire Locke DL
  • HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Meritorious Service Certificates – Mrs Margaret Elcome, Ryde Sea Cadets and Mrs Ann Lovejoy, Isle of Wight Squadron ATC
  • Isle of Wight Territorial Trust Award for Notable Achievement – Lt Col (Retd) David Langford MBE DL
  • RNLI Gold Badge – Mr David Kennett
  • St John Ambulance Awards – Miss Natalie Rose (Medal of the Order), Mrs Rosemary Thirkettle (3rd Bar to Medal of the Order), Mr Derek Lammers-Wood (25 years) and Mrs Sandra Potts (25 years)
  • Royal British Legion Award – Councillor Ian Ward
  • Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Long Service Certificate – Wg Cdr John Turner (5 years), Mr Roger Spivey (5 years), Mr David Jones (10 years) and Maj Gen Martin White CB CBE JP (15 years)
  • Exemplary Service Awards – Police – Mrs Barbara Bailey (30 years Custody Visitor), Mr George Bason (45 years exemplary service), PC Lesley Metcalfe (Operation Serenity), Mr Dave Wilkins (Operation Serenity)
  • HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets – Cadet Sgt Megan Rozee, Cowes College CCF, Cadet LCpl Keiran Thorne, Ryde SCC Royal Marine Cadets, Cadet Cpl Ashlee Robinson-Webb, Ryde Troop ACF, Cadet Flt Sgt Joel Hopwood, Isle of Wight Squadron ATC

Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White, said:

“It was a pleasure to acknowledge and recognise the commitment of those who give so much to our community, particularly our armed forces and other uniformed services. I would like to congratulate all of the award winners, they should be very proud of their achievements.”

The annual awards ceremony took place at The Royal Yacht Squadron. It was supported by 266 Port Squadron Royal Logistics Corps and sponsored by the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.